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Testing going "very smoothly," investigation at PJHS continues

Testing going "very smoothly," investigation at PJHS continues

Author: Action News 17/Tuesday, April 2, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Headlines

PONCHATOULA—The first few days of spring testing at Ponchatoula Jr. High and at schools across Tangipahoa Parish have gone “very smoothly,” Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley announced Tuesday.

Stilley said that despite an incident last week at PJHS which has been a disturbance for both the school and community, the district is focused on a single goal to keep the students buffered from the tension surrounding this event.

"It is important that our students have an opportunity to stay focused so they can demonstrate everything they have learned this year on our annual state assessment,” Stilley said.

On Thursday afternoon, a social media post showed an altercation between a student and several faculty members on the PJHS campus. Stilley publicly apologized for the incident saying that the district’s core values and expectations for both employees and students were not displayed in the video clip shared on social media. Stilley has repeatedly said that the district is taking this incident very seriously, and personnel actions can be expected in the case. She asked the public to understand that due to privacy laws the district cannot release specific details related to any potential employee disciplinary action; however, general updates on the case will be provided as the investigation unfolds.

"The individuals involved in the incident have been removed from PJHS following the incident and a thorough investigation is being conducted,” Stilley said, asking the public to be patient while the district follows their policies and procedure throughout this process. "We want to ensure that due process is provided for all involved – both students and employees."

Stilley said she believes this tragic incident offers the seed of an opportunity. “I personally hope this case will prompt our employees and our students to better align themselves to the core values in which our district strives everyday – Be Respectful. Be Compassionate. Be Great. Our expectation is for all our stakeholders to model our core values every day – even in the most difficult times.”


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